12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Turku
— 1 night
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
5
Imatra
— 1 night
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kurjenrahka National Park, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, thenkick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Turku is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, you will find days in Turku are slightly colder (°C), and nights are much colder (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Inari day trip planning site.

Getting from Turku to Inari by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Turku in August, with highs in Inari at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 16th (Thu), trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, thenhead outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Kuusamo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 20th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, thenstroll through Lempukka Beach, thenstep off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Imatra trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. August in Imatra sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, walk around Sibelius Monument, thentest your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Room Escape Games

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